Choral Society Concert – The Esterhazy Connection – 6 July

Do join Frodsham & District Choral Society on Saturday 6th July 2019 at 7.30pm in St. Laurence’s Church, Frodsham for their latest concert.

How do you solve a problem like … Beethoven?

In our Esterhazy Connection programme, we are showcasing three composers who all wrote music for the Esterhazy family, one of the richest and most influential families within the Austro-Hungarian empire. In 1761 Haydn made a lucky career move by entering their services.

Prince Nikolaus I was to become Joseph Haydn’s patron and employer for nearly 30 years, during which time, Haydn wrote several hundred works including masses and church music for the chapel at Eisenstadt. The Little Organ Mass dates from 1775 and is a charming and delightful setting which includes a ravishing soprano solo and piquant organ accompaniment.

So, what’s the trouble with Beethoven?

Beethoven seems to have harboured ill-will toward Haydn during various points of his life. At the suggestion that he included the phrase “pupil of Haydn”, Beethoven bristled and was unwilling to, because, as he said, although he had some instruction from Haydn, he had never learned anything from him!

So, what’s the trouble with Beethoven?

Beethoven was invited by Prince Nikolaus II to write a mass and produced the Mass in C. The performance did not go well, and Beethoven promptly left Eisenstadt carrying the grudge for years afterwards. Hummel’s Mass in Bb, written in 1810, the year following Haydn’s death,follows much of the tuneful and sunny disposition of Haydn’s music. However, there are moments of drama in it which recall the music of a certain composer, Beethoven!

So, what’s the trouble with Beethoven?

Nothing at all! We are delighted to be featuring two of his settings of Irish folk tunes and a stunning concert aria, “Ah, perfido!” which is full of drama and passionate fury, sung by our guest soloist, Donna Lennard. These three composers may have had some uneasy moments in the relationships, but they will be on their best behaviour in our concert and will let you go home with a smile on your face.

Do join us on Saturday 6th July 2019 at 7.30pm in St. Laurence’s Church, Frodsham for this Clash the Tritones.

Tickets £12, under 16s free – Dandelion, 19 Church Street, Frodsham; Tilly Patel 07971 606409, Morag Bragger 07845 730061